Overview of Health Care Options for Students Transitioning to College

September 16, 2010

Health care is essential for college students because it fosters independence and provides security for families. It enables students to take preventative health measures, perform better academically, and achieve educational objectives. Health risks in a collegiate environment include athletic injuries, accidents, and contagious illnesses, such as the flu, meningitis, and mononucleosis (mono). Further, many students with special needs rely on health insurance to provide assistance such as prescription drug benefits and mental health services (Government Accountability Office (GAO, 2008).